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Portrait #1796

Subject/Title:
The Attorney
Artist:Crafft, R. B.
Date Created:1847
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:40 1/2 x 28 1/2
Image Dimensions:37 1/2 x 25 1/2
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:27 March 2009
Condition:Good

Description:American portrait of a dark-haired attorney, wearing a black coat over a black vest and white pleated shirt seated with hands clasped and arm resting on desk, by R. B. Crafft. Naive execution and style. Several reference books of law are shelved and include "Greenleaf's Evidence," "Kent's Commentaries," "Russell on Law," "Harcourt's Chancery Practice" among others. Black frame with gilt border.
History of Work:A label on reverse reads "Lawyer and wife, see Abby Aldrich Rockefeller collection R. B. Crafft 1847"

Crafft is listed in Davenport's index and was known to have painted in the Delta area of the Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Oral tradition recounts a Memphis, Tennessee line of descent for this object. For a related example, see: Rumford, Beatrix T., American Folk Portraits, Paintings and Drawings from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center (Boston, Massachusetts, 1981), p. 75-76. Also, see: Hamilton, John D., Material Culture of the American Freemasons (Lexington, Massachusetts, 1994), p. 292. Here, Crafft, in 1839, is noted as having painted "an apron for Walter Hamilton Hayes of Boubon County, Kentucky."
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